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PHOTOS: Two women injured after coast path falls

PHOTOS: Two women injured after coast path falls

Published by Emma Carton at 8:29am 5th July 2018. (Updated at 10:25am 5th July 2018)

Two women suffer ankle injuries after falls on separate stretches of the Cornish coast path in a matter of hours.

In one case, the bone was broken after it happened on the steep steps leading to Porthchapel beach.

The Penzance and Land's End Coastguard rescue teams were scrambled on Tuesday afternoon.

The casualty had to be stretchered up a sometimes narrow and overgrown path, in what crews described as "extreme heat".


porthchapel rescue 2


"We were tasked at 2pm on the 3rd July, together with the Land's End Coastguard Search and Rescue Team, to a report of a lady cliff-path faller.

"Located on the cliff steps leading to the beach at Porthchapel, the lady had a suspected broken ankle and was unable to walk.

"Both teams quickly on scene, the lady was assessed for her injuries and found to have a broken ankle and also a suspected break to her lower leg.


porthchapel rescue 1


"Her leg was stabilised by placing a splint around the injuries and securing prior to her being put into a specialist Coastguard stretcher to enable her to be carried further up the cove to a rendezvous point for an ambulance that was still en-route.

"With the sun at full strength over the cove, the 'carry-out' was accomplished by both teams in extreme heat and over rough and sometimes narrow and overgrown path".

Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team

A second woman was stretchered to safety after falling from the hill above Duckpool near Bude.

Its Coastguard Rescue Team and another from Hartland were scrambled, again on Tuesday afternoon.

The 56-year-old was taken to North Devon District Hospital after crews had to wade across a river to reach her.



"Bude Coastguard Rescue Team were paged at 15:37 to a report of a 56-year-old female who had fallen on the coastal path, approximately halfway up the hill to the south of Duckpool; the team's second call-out to that location in as many days.

"On the way up to the casualty's position, the team identified a potential issue with carrying a stretcher over the narrow bridge in the valley so a request was made for back-up from Hartland Coastguard Search and Rescue Team to provide additional manpower.

"Although an ambulance had been requested, the team found that they were the first service on-scene.

"The casualty had sustained an ankle injury and was in substantial pain. It was decided to stretcher her down the steep slope into the valley whilst waiting for the paramedics and back-up team to arrive.

"On their arrival, the paramedics checked the casualty's condition and administered pain relief. During this treatment, an alternative route across the river was located and it was decided that wading across a cattle track was the safer of the two options.

"The Hartland team arrived just as they were required to assist with 'caterpillaring' the stretcher up the river bank. Once out of the river, the remaining carry to the ambulance was completed and the casualty was taken to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple for further treatment".

Bude Coastguard Rescue Team

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